Thursday, April 29, 2010

Views of Paris

A few beautiful photos of Paris to share with you. Every street we walked down was something new to discover. Paris really is a walking city but if your feet get tired there is always the Metro to take you a block or two. I won't say much other than I hope you enjoy them.

Seine River runs right through the middle of Paris. Lots of pretty bridges along the Seine.

View from the top of Eiffel Tower.
This became our new best friend when we needed a rest.

Paris Flea Market.
Paris Flea Market.
Gold statue on one of the many bridges crossing the Seine.

Canal Tour, it was a very pretty boat tour through the canals, part of the tour was under ground.
I think this must be the only hill in Paris, walking up to the Sacre Coeur in Montmartre. Also, known for being the home of famous artists.

Fleas markets open up along the Seine.
Doesn't that look like a flower? This shop made all the cones this way, didn't matter how many people were waiting they all looked so pretty. My sorbet cone with mango and raspberry, it was the most delicious sorbet I've every had. And this place was just around the corner from our apartment, we even went twice in one day.

Well that's it for vacation photo's. If you are interested in seeing more, I have a web album and could send you the link......just ask. But remember to leave me a way to contact you.

Now back to being a quilting blog, I hope you enjoyed my little vacation. My DH is already asking where we are going you really need to ask.  For now I'm just happy to be at home.
Bye for now,

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Views of Egypt

I'll show a few pictures of Egypt in this post and then the next post I'll share some of Paris, it was hard to only pick a few photos...I have soooo many. Then I'll get back to quilting posts, after all this is a quilting blog. The Great Pyramids are incredible, DH went inside one of them, apparently I didn't miss much.
View from the front of the Sphinx.
Egyptian cat taking a rest.
This temple was on an island, they had to move the entire thing when the Dam was built.
Spice market.
Abu Simbel, this temple was almost completely covered in sand when it was discovered.

Our camel ride in the dessert, those camels do nothing but complain the entire ride.
Taking a rest after a long ride.
Can't remember the name of this temple.
Egyptian script.
Interesting sign.

I hope you enjoyed the pictures.
Until next time.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Home Sweet Home

It's good to be home after 3 weeks of busy traveling around Egypt and Paris. We were very lucky the volcano didn't interrupt our vacation one bit, we arrived in Paris only hours before the airports closed and by the time our departure flight came along the airports were opened again. We heard some pretty bad story's of people trying to get home for as long as 8 days or more. The first 10 days of our trip we tromped around Egypt visiting some amazing temples and pyramids. It was an experience like nothing I've ever seen or done. We sailed in a Felucca, cruised the Nile, went for a camel ride in the dessert and slept 2 nights on a train. Egypt is an amazing place but it also has it's downside with Cairo being so crowded and noisy. Can you believe a city with 40 million people and no controlled intersections? I took a picture of one traffic light we saw and it was broken. I could go on and on about this place, more in another post.

I LOVE Paris, we had another 10 days to stroll around Paris. It's even more beautiful and romantic than I imagined. We rented an apartment for the entire stay and did day trips around and about the city. Our little area was one block from the Seine river with it's many bridges and right in the middle of some of the best shops, Brasseries, Patisseries, tea shops, chocolate shops, everything was walking distance. The streets are amazing and every day we found new places to walk and things to discover. For the trips farther away we took the Metro. Paris has one of the oldest subways in the world with 14 lines and we found it easy to master even with having few mishaps with getting through the turnstiles. We hit the record for the number of pictures taken for this trip, I think we hit over 1,400 pictures. I won't bore you with all of them, maybe just a few.

Anyway I'm still exhausted from the flight, we got in late last night which would have been 6am Paris time. It'll take me a couple of days to feel normal again.
More in the next post. 
au revoir

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Late Birthdays

I love it when Birthday gifts arrive late, especially because I was completely caught off guard and had NO idea why Sharon would be sending me something. Woohoo....what a fantastic surprise! My Birthday was 2 months ago why would I suspect anything, she even included a big birthday candle, you should smell it.....Mmmmm coconut, as soon as I opened the box I could smell it. She had everything wrap separately in tissue's just like Christmas....oops it's my birthday. The Hi! customer card looks interesting, wasn't sure if she accidentally dropped this in the box but it turned out to be a needlebook, it has needles and threader inside. I have a few antique ones I've been collecting. The note pad is funny, it says "Making a List and Chicken it Thrice", I don't often check my list 3 times. Sharon must have remembered I collect chickens. There's a cute tray with flowers, maybe I'll use it in my living room for a pretty place to keep pins and needles. There's some funny M&M's tucked in the box, I've never seen Strawberry Peanut butter M&M or Wildly Cherry either for that matter, I better hide these quick so my DH doesn't see them, he has a big sweet tooth or three. Oh my, I had so much fun opening this box, thanks Sharon for thinking of me.
Look at this sweet little package all tied up's a little quilt. Awww.....I LOVE IT! to stop playing and get back to packing. The temperatures in Cairo this week are mid 80's to 90's....oh boy that's warm. Sat is coming very fast!
Happy Stitching and have a great Easter weekend.